Benjamin Moore’s Calm is one of my all time favorite wall paint colors.
I’ve talked about this color before, but I love it so much I’ve gone back and added a lot more info to this post, so I went ahead and published it again here today.
Have a look and find out why this paint color could work for your whole house!
Benjamin Moore Calm Paint
Thought I’d bring back this post about Benjamin Moore Calm paint from last year, as it’s still one of the most popular wall colors I get asked about.
Benjamin Moore’s Calm also happens to be one of my favorites – so naturally I love to feature it here.
In addition, I recently found several more photos with this beautiful wall color.
So I’ve gone back and edited this post to include them all here as well.
Benjamin Moore Calm is the color we have on our family room walls here in Connecticut.
You can see it “in situ” in the photo above.
First time with Calm
First off, for starters, we used Benjamin Moore’s Calm in our family room in our previous house in New York.
That’s when we fell in love with this versatile, chic shade.
Our former family room got a lot of natural light and was part of a open floor plan – making it a great transitional color.
If you’re not already familiar with this chic shade, it’s part of the off-white color collection of Benjamin Moore paints.
You can see this space in the photo below.
This wall paint color is also known as OC -22.
The “OC” stands for original color. I don’t know why I know that?
But, I digress….
We briefly considered Sherwin Williams Pure White, but quickly ruled it out as it didn’t have the subtle warm undertones we were looking for here.
Another color we looked at was Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter.
It’s a gorgeous warm gray color, but this was little too dark for this particular space.
Anyway, we love this paint color so much we decided to use it again in our current home, here in Connecticut.
We knew it would look great because we were going to use all the same furniture in this room again.
Well, everything except for the rug, which didn’t fit the new space.
Second time using Calm
As you can see, we clearly love a neutral paint color around here.
Using a light, classic gray rug in our current home gave the whole room a much more cohesive, modern look.
The natural light in our new home is much different as well.
Our current family room is a north-facing room – this is a big factor to consider.
As a result, we can see just how much light matters!
All light sources will always change how the very same paint color looks on a wall.
Because time of day and lighting can drastically change the look of a paint color, it’s important to test samples out first on the wall.
So be sure to look at them in different light.
Having a paint colors fan deck like this one, while not necessary, makes it easier to find complimentary colors.
Ultimately you need to love the paint colors you choose for your walls.
Samplize self adhesive paint sample of Calm– LOVE THESE!
Which is why I can’t recommend trying it out as a sample in your home first.
You can see my Samplize paint swatch in action, in the paint color saved highlights on my Instagram page.
Doesn’t this sounds so clever?
No messy paint cans to deal with before you commit! Win/win!
If you’re at all curious, you can check them out and order them here!
Just like our previous home, we chose to have the trim, crown moldings and ceiling painted in Benjamin Moore White Dove with a semi gloss sheen.
It’s worth mentioning how Calm goes so perfectly with our white trim which is Benjamin Moore White Dove.
Personally, I love the versatility of this color.
Just like it’s name suggests, it does have a “calm” effect on the room.
Just like it’s name suggests, it does have a “calm” effect on the room with it’s subtle nuances of whites.
Maybe this should’ve been the Benjamin Moore color of the year!
Benjamin Moore’s Calm is the perfect shade if you’re looking to paint a room white or a pale neutral color, almost like a shaded white – but you still want a hint of tone.
Don’t forget, you can always add some white paint to a color, any color really – in order to create a lighter version and get the exact look you want.
Play around with adding different percentages of white, any hardware or paint store will be very familiar with this practice.
Depending on the light and time of day, it appears to look like light, neutral gray and or simply white.
However, if you’re looking into how to find the perfect gray paint color, you’ll want to check out this post here -it contains a lot of popular choices.
All this to say – Benjamin Moore’s Calm is a very versatile, neutral color with a fresh look.
It’s easily one of my favorite shades in the whole BM off-white collection.
Not to confuse the issue, but if you’re looking for a paint with just a bit more gray, check out Sea Salt, it’s very pretty!
And, for a gray with a bit more of a warm undertone, there’s Balboa Mist, also by Benjamin Moore – another very popular color.
As for a gorgeous greige paint to consider, have a look at Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray.
Finally, I also love using Chantilly Lace, which is another great Benjamin Moore paint color – (check it out in our guest room.)
Hopefully you found this post helpful.
This color is SO perfect for any space – looks great in a living room and dining rooms too!
If you do end up using Calm on your own walls, let me know! I’d love to see it.
If you have any other questions, please shoot me an email or leave it in the comments below.
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